The Eagles have become very shrewd in analyzing and selecting the talent in the draft. They manipulate the draft board and fill needs while selecting the best player available.
In making a selection, the Eagles must avoid taking a player whose game will not translate at the NFL level. They must take care to acquire the best talent to fit their scheme and not over-reach for a needed position.
At this level, there are no bad football players, only better ones. Some will find what they need to become role players or even great in the NFL. Others will be thrust into bad situations that do not support their skill set, while more will lose their football focus with the multitude of potential distractions.
There will never be a guarantee amongst rookies, but there are red flags that will tip off a lesser hand. For the sake of the Eagles enthusiast, let's hope the Eagles stay clear of these five first round prospects.
If they do not heed this warning, let's hope these players can overcome my bias or that Andy Reid has a superior plan.